Monday, February 17, 2014

Submarine USS Blackfin (SS-322)

From Wikipedia. //// Back on Feb. 5th, I wrote about submariner Walter Taverna recounting his World War Ii experiences aboard the USS Blackfin. //// The Blackfin was a Balao-class submarine launched 12 March 1944 by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. Commessioned 4 July 1944 and decommissioned in 1948. //// Recommissioned in 1951 and decommissioned in 1972 and sunk as a target vessel off San Diego in 1973. //// It went on five war patrols. On Jan. 24, 1945, it sank the Japanese destroyer Shigure and a tanker. On its fifth patrol, it destroyed 61 floating mines. //// When recommissioned in 1951, it became a GUPPY submarine (Greater Underwater Propulsion Power Program) to improve sub submerged speed, maneuverability and endurance. //// It was used in two movies: 1963's "Move Over darling" and 1968's "Ice Station Zebra." //// It was sunk 13 May 1973 by a torpedo. //// --GreGen

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